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US study highlights high levels of plastic compound in humans

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 31 March 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:756
  1. Deborah Josefson
  1. San Francisco

    The first national US report on human exposure to environmental chemicals, produced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in Atlanta, Georgia, has shown surprisingly high levels of pthalates (plasticising compounds found in cosmetics and household products) in the blood and urine of subjects. It seems that these chemicals may be absorbed through the skin.

    Pthalates are known to cause hormonal disruptions and fetal malformations in animals, but no studies have been performed to determine whether a causal link also exists in humans.

    The study set out to determine baseline levels of environmental chemical exposure, …

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